A new accusation of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump has surfaced, this time involving a former campaign staffer who claims then-candidate Trump kissed her without her consent during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Alva Johnson said in interviews and a lawsuit that “Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he exited an RV outside the rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016.”
Caught off guard by Trump’s behavior, Johnson said she was able to quickly turn her head, and Trump’s kiss landed on the corner of her mouth — an act she described as “super-creepy and inappropriate.”
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” she said. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”
The former staffer told the Post she informed her boyfriend, mother and stepfather of the incident later the same day, which all three confirmed to the newspaper.
Johnson also consulted an attorney in Florida about the unwanted kiss, but although he found her “credible”, according to text messages he provided the Post, he opted against taking her case for business reasons.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Johnson’s claim is “absurd on its face,” adding that, “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.”
In a federal lawsuit filed in Florida, Johnson — who began mulling coming forward with her story after the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape went public in 2016 — is “is seeking unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering.”
More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, but Johnson is the first to make such an allegation since he became president, as well as the only person to allege unwanted physical contact during the campaign.
Watch the Washington Post report above.